Job Summary
Years Experience
3 - 5 years
Job Description

Do you love working with animals?  Do you like to work in small teams? Are you interested in expanding your technical skills and working with new species?  Do you want to contribute to advancing human health science research?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be the person we are looking for! 

We are seeking senior-level veterinary technician to expand our team.  This Veterinary Technician will work to maintain the health of animals being utilized for a variety of studies to develop and assess medications for FDA approval.  As a team, the Laboratory Animal Resources staff is responsible for the treatment of all on-site ill and injured animals, provision of clinical care, and for the fulfillment of the preventive medicine program. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Perform health assessments for all onsite animals, including nonhuman primates, canines, swine, mice, and rats. 
  • Provide nursing care for all medical cases within the facility, under the guidance of the staff veterinarians and senior level technicians.
  • Performs diagnostics and screening tests as directed by a veterinarian.  These may include body weights, body condition score (BCS), fecal collection, blood collection, and others.  
  • Performs routine animal procedures, including animal handling and restraint of rodents, handling of nonhuman primates (NHP) within the home cage, sedation, delivery of medications via IM, SQ, topical, and PO routes, assessment of vital signs (TPR) on sedated animals, shaving of animals and preparation for surgical procedures, bandage application, basic wound care, and assessment of all clinical signs of animals on treatment or under sedation.
  • Performs dose calculations for medications to be given based on initial orders from a veterinarian or as per SOP or Protocol and is responsible for ordering controlled substances from the pharmacy for planned procedures.
  • Performs basic cleaning and preparatory procedures within the animal procedure and technical staffing areas, including cleaning medical instruments, wrapping surgical packs for autoclaving, leaning the surgical suite or procedure area after animal activity, and others at the request of the veterinarians and/or more senior level technicians.
  • Performs routine quality control (QC) on all paperwork and performs computer entry and/or data retrieval as appropriate, to include scheduling of departmental tasks where appropriate.
  • Performs advanced procedures under the supervision of veterinarians.  Procedures may include, but not be limited to SQ or IV fluid therapy, anesthetic induction and monitoring, orogastric tube placement, performance of surgical procedures, provision of advanced wound care and bandaging, dental cleanings and basic extractions, euthanasia and confirmation of death, and preparation of animals/surgical assistance for major surgery.
  • Shares inventory and ordering responsibilities for supplies used by the department and may coordinate an inventory management program.
  • Assists with training for Veterinary Technicians I and II. 
  • Assists with coordination for distribution of workload between other members of veterinary technician team. 

Qualifications: 

  • BA/BS, Licensed Veterinary Technician LVT, OR completion of a 2 year Veterinary Technician program required.  Equivalent combination of experience and education may substitute for exceptional candidates.
  • Minimum of 2 animal handling and/or medical/veterinary experience is required.
  • Research experience is preferred.
  • This position requires dedication to animal care and welfare.  ALAT certification is preferred with an expectation to pursue additional levels of AAALAS certification. 
  • WA State Veterinary Technician License preferred. Equivalent combination of experience and education may substitute.

Job ID: 327939412

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